*Based on a true story
The Secret Lives of Pet Rescuers
Lola and Argeaux had waited for this moment: an unlatched gate. They made their break. They did not have a plan but ran, nevertheless. They had never seen life outside the dirt yard. It was way different than they had ever expected. Lola had told her pup that a caring and more wonderful home must be out there somewhere. Scurrying between cars and possibly regretting their decision the two made there way to the local market.
Sandra wanted nothing more than to be a Pet Rescuer Extraordinaire. The problem was that she loved the attention it brought her more. One rumor amongst many claimed Sandra had once "rescued" 14 dogs and placed them in a temporary home. Sounds great except she didn't supply any food or money to support the foster home, she never followed up with the fosters and even went on a family vacation right after the puppy dump. The foster home had no choice but to turn the animals over to Animal Control. Animal Control was able to place of three dogs. The rest went to rest.
Pamela ran the Dee Town Lost Pet website. She enjoyed the work she did and felt it was important to reunite the pets with their families. Pamela had known the rumors about Sandra and after a few dealings with her, Pamela banned Sandra from the site. Thus began the Petty Pet Rescuer Rivalry. The Rivalry became an all out war during the first two weeks July.
And I stopped there. First issue I had was dogs dying. Not much humor there, sorry.
So now the real story:
We were loading our van up to go the beach when this black and white dog showed up. It looked rather beat down. We gave her a bowl of water and she drank the whole thing. We followed that up with more water and some food. One thing that we noticed was that she was very skittish, especially around males. She was covered and fleas and just looked very sad.
We kept our plans and drove 2 hours to the beach. The boys, who were staying home anyway, were going to keep an eye on her. After a couple of hours of lying under a car, very close to the road. the boys moved her to the back yard. When we arrive home later that night the dog(the fight to name the dog was already underway) seemed very content to lie and sleep. The next day, Gretchen gave her a bath and got rid of the fleas. She still looked sad. Our 2 dogs had two very different reactions to her. Jagger seemed to like her but Millie seemed to hate her. Bitches, man, bitches.
After the bath, Gretchen posted her picture on a lost pets site on Facebook. This is where "Sandra" and "Pamela" come into the picture. Pamela, the "owner" of the Facebook page, wouldn't give Sandra our contact information because of the 14 dogs situation mentioned above and she informed us that Sandra had created fake Facebook profiles just to get dogs. Sandra's response to the denial of information was to take to Facebook to draw sympathy. She verbally attacked Gretchen in her post claiming that she "stole" the dog and that charges were going to be filed. Of course, her side of the story made Gretchen sound like a monster. A friend informed us that there was someone claiming the dog on another lost pet site on Facebook. The issue now was; is this a real person or a fake profile. Pamela didn't believe it was a real person and was asking for proof of ownership(their normal standard procedure.) There was no proof of ownership to be found.
Around this time, on the secondary pet site, there was a "successful rescue." There had been a second dog. Both dogs had been
All 3 dogs in our house were getting along and the family had adjusted to life with 3 dogs. The new dog had adjusted to our home and was happy. But with crazy stalking all around, it was time to go to the police. Surprise! Sandra had already filed a complaint about a stolen dog. Gretchen called to find out what the police could do to help in this situation. One worry we had was just how crazy is Sandra? Is she gonna show up at our front door and enforce her own brand mongrel justice? The police were less than helpful but to their defense, there were a bit more important things going on in Louisiana during this time. Finally, Gretchen, Pamela and Pamela's boss came together and spoke with a female detective who said she would look into it. The next day, the officer spoke with the "owner" of the dog and determined that she was the owner of the two dogs. During this scheduled interview, Sandra made sure she was there and RECORDED the whole conversation between the owner and the Detective. The Detective said she would contact Pamela and schedule a time for the dog to be returned and then informed Sandra that SHE did not need to be there. The Detective called Pamela and set a time to meet the owner. The Detective also infomed Pamela that she may want to file a restraining order against Sandra. So we were notified of a time and place and happily took the dog to the owner. We were way beyond ready to rid ourselves of this whole experience. So we arrived and delivered the dog and as we are handing the dog over, out comes Sandra, videoing the whole exchange. She then tried to be our friend saying we should get to know each other. Hmmm. This was the same lady smearing Gretchen's name just days before. Yeah, I can't wait to sit down and eat dinner at her house. No thanks. One last look at the dog and I swear, that dog had that original sad look, like an escapee brought back to the bighouse. Later, Sandra posted her video with the caption of "another succesful rescue". The video actually starts with her hiding in her truck. Waiting. Stalking. It proceeds with her approaching Pamela with an agruement following. With threats of calls to the police, Sandra enters the Dollar General and continues to video. Once again, telling a sob story to those inside. And then we show up. We debated whether or not to force her to remove our images from the post but in the end we just washed our hands of it and vowed not to rescue anymore dogs. This is the way it truly happened. The End.